Canadiens blank Flyers in Game 2, even Eastern First Round without Julien

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Carey Price made 30 saves, and the Montreal Canadiens evened the Eastern Conference First Round by defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 5-0 in Game 2 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Friday.

Tomas Tatar and Jesperi Kotkaniemi each scored two goals for Montreal, the No. 8 seed. Max Domi had three assists.

Associate coach Kirk Muller coached the Canadiens in place of Claude Julien, who returned to Montreal following the stenting of a coronary artery Thursday. Julien is not expected to return during the series.

Carter Hart allowed four goals on 26 shots for Philadelphia, the No. 1 seed, before being pulled at 17:57 of the second period. Brian Elliott made five saves.

Game 3 of the best-of-7 series is Sunday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS) in Toronto, the Eastern hub city.

Philadelphia forward Travis Konecny did not play the final 8:26 of the third period after being hit in the left ankle with a puck.

Tatar gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead 1:02 into the first period when he scored on the rebound of a Brendan Gallagher shot.

Kotkaniemi made it 2-0 at 12:36 when he knocked in the rebound of a Jonathan Drouin shot.

Tatar scored on the power play at 1:25 of the second period to extend the lead to 3-0.

Joel Armia made it 4-0 with 2:03 remaining in the second when his shot from left side deflected off the skate of Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere.

Kotkaniemi scored on the power play at 10:35 of the third for the 5-0 final.

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